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Roger SterlingPlayed by John Slattery

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Roger’s mother died, reminding Roger of his own mortality. But when he tried to connect with his family, he met with resistance: his daughter, Margaret, asked him to finance her husband’s business venture and then refused to let Roger come to Thanksgiving without ponying up. When Roger took his young grandson to Planet of the Apes, traumatizing the boy, Margaret banned Roger from the boy’s life. Roger compensated by redoubling his efforts with clients, bringing in a massive account at Chevy. Finally, on the condition that he put aside his jealousy of up-and-comer Bob Benson, Joan invited him back into their son’s life.

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Roger Sterling Quotes

“Look, we’ve got oysters Rockefeller! Beef Wellington! Napoleons! We leave this lunch alone, it’ll take over Europe.”
Season 1, Episode 6: “Babylon”
“I guess what I’m saying is at some point we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“When a man gets to a point in his life when his name’s on the building, he can get an unnatural sense of entitlement.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“You know what my father used to say? ‘Being with a client is like being in a marriage. Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons, and eventually they hit you in the face.”
Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”
“When God closes a door, he opens a dress.”
Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”
“I shall be both dog and pony.”
Season 1, Episode 11: “Indian Summer”
“Look, I want to tell you something because you’re very dear to me, and I hope you understand it comes from the bottom of my damaged, damaged heart: you are the finest piece of ass I ever had, and I don’t care who knows it. I am so glad I got to roam those hillsides.”
Season 1, Episode 11: “Indian Summer”
“Can I just fire everyone?”
Season 2, Episode 2: “Flight 1″
“Don’t you love the chase? Sometimes it doesn’t work out; those are the stakes. But when it does work out, it’s like having that first cigarette: your head gets all dizzy, your heart pounds, your knees go weak. Remember that? Old business is just old business.”
Season 2, Episode 4: “Three Sundays”
“I’ll tell you the same thing I told my daughter: if you put a penny in a jar every time you make love in the first year of marriage, and then you take a penny out of the jar every time you make love in the second year, you know what you have? A jar full of pennies.”
Season 2, Episode 5: “The New Girl”
“Do you want to be right, or do you want to be married?”
Season 2, Episode 9: “Six-Month Leave”
“It’s easy adjusting to happiness.”
Season 3, Episode 3: “My Old Kentucky Home”
“This is the office and that’s life, and this is good and that’s life.”
Season 4, Episode 2: “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”
“Have a drink. It’ll make me look younger.”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“They won’t know it’s over until you drop the big one. Twice.”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“Since when is forgiveness a better quality than loyalty?”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“Garcon! Je m’appelle Rojaire. Je suis un taxi, s’il vous plait!”
Season 4, Episode 6: “Waldorf Stories”
“We can solve this problem with a flask.”
Season 4, Episode 7: “The Suitcase”
“I’m going to go to my favorite restaurant and have a glass of cyanide, or you could join me.”
Season 4, Episode 9: “The Beautiful Girls”
“I could tell I was rubbing you the wrong way so I thought, why not have someone rub you the right way?”
Season 4, Episode 9: “The Beautiful Girls”
“I’ve got to go learn a bunch of people’s names before I fire them.”
Season 4, Episode 12: “Blowing Smoke”